Finding somewhere to stay in Edinburgh is one of the biggest considerations when taking part in the Fringe, as well as one of the largest costs. You'll find more information and tips on finding accommodation in Section 9 of the Fringe Guide to Doing a Show.
To find somewhere to stay you can use our Participants’ Accommodation Register once it opens in the new year. You can read our Quick Tips to using this register below. We also have listings for accommodation agencies in our Services Directory and you can also try sites such as Visit Scotland, Gumtree and Airbnb.
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Participants' Accommodation Register
The Accommodation Register is a listing of local rooms and properties available to let from private landlords. As the listings are intended for Participants only, you will be asked to supply your email address and the name of the show or performing company you are associated with before accessing the listings. The 2016 accommodation register will open early in the new year.
Interested in letting a room / property during the Festival?
In 2014, more than 23,000 performers took to the stages of Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events. Many participants are new to Edinburgh and require accommodation.
If you are a private landlord with a spare room to let to a participant, you can register your property with us using our online application form to have it listed in our accommodation register.
The 2016 accommodation register application form will open later this year for submissions.
This service is completely free. All we ask is that prices are kept at an affordable rate. Specifically:
- Listed properties must have a rent less than or equal to £150 per person per week.
- The rental deposit cannot be greater than 50% of the total agreed rental cost.
Please note that we do not act as a letting agent and do not vet the listed properties. All transactions need to be made directly between the participant and landlord and the Fringe Society does not hold any liability for these arrangements. However, if you think that a property we’ve listed doesn’t meet our stated criteria, please contact us to let us know at email@example.com.
- The rent for all rooms and properties listed on our accommodation register is kept at an affordable rate of no more than £150 per person per week.
- We stipulate that landlords can ask for a deposit of no more than 50% of the total rent you pay.
To ensure the register remains useful for participants, adherence to the rent and deposit limits described above is very important to us. If you find that these rules are not being kept for a given listing, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we will remove listings that don’t match our criteria.
Finding the right place
Our listings now include map links so you can look for properties located in the part of Edinburgh you want to be in.
It’s often a good idea to ask landlords for photos of the property before entering into an agreement with them.
Edinburgh has great public transport and is generally very well connected. If you’re looking at a property further away from your venue you might want to check out where the nearest bus stop or train station is.
We will only include accommodation where participants are comfortably housed - i.e. a separate living area is provided, a single bed sleeps one, a double bed sleeps two.